Research Year

  • Beth Ashinsky, MD, PhD

    • Residency Class of 2028

    Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Carleton College

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    After finishing my PhD, I realized my future goals of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon-scientist. With that in mind, I targeted my residency search towards programs that offered a 6-year research track with a focus on basic and translational research. I also wanted to join an environment that would enable me to foster my own independent research program upon graduating. After several discussions with Drs. Thomopoulous, Chahine and Huang, I knew that the mentorship and resources at the Carroll Laboratories would provide me with just that. Beyond the research component, I immediately felt at home during the Columbia interview process; Every single member of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery was enthusiastic and invested in helping me achieve my training goals. The leadership in this program is unparalleled and truly stems from the dedication of Drs. Levine, Jobin and Neuwirth to educating and training the highest-quality physicians and surgeons. As such, the residents themselves take pride in mentoring one another to ensure that everyone is performing to their fullest potential. For these reasons, I decided to rank Columbia #1 and could not be more excited for the next 6 years!

    What is your favorite bone?

    Fibula

    Where are you from?

    Chappaqua, NY

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Triathlon

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    Fleetwood Mac

    Best playlist for the OR?

    Hip Hop BBQ or The Black Crowes, depending on the mood

    Favorite night float snack?

    Greek yogurt with berries, peanut butter + granola

    What is your spirit animal?

    Panda

About the Six-Year Research Track

The Columbia Orthopedic residency 6-year research track is designed for one resident per year to explore their research passion – whether that involves basic science, translational, or clinical research – under the mentorship of Professor Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD, director of the Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery. The Carroll Labs include world-class scientists and resources, funded by multiple NIH R01 grants, with facilities for biomechanics, advanced imaging, molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, histology, animal and microsurgery, and cadaveric testing.

The laboratories focus on a wide range of clinical problems, including musculoskeletal soft tissue regeneration, the development and pathophysiology of the rotator cuff, intervertebral disc degeneration, joint biomechanics, and various animal models of injury and disease. The lab also collaborates with professors and physicians in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, Radiology, Microbiology, and Pathology. The 6-year research resident will be asked to choose a focus in one of the clinical sub-specialties and an additional mentor will work closely with you throughout the research year.